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Provide your feedback to improve Queen Anne Community Center programs and activities

October 9th, 2013 by Laura

On of our local Queen Anne community groups – we are fortunate to have so many – is looking for feedback on the programs and activities offered at the Queen Anne Community Center.

QACC signQueen Anne Heart has launched a survey to collect information on the wants and needs of Queen Anne neighbors to help develop programs and improvements for the Queen Anne Community Center. The questions are simple, ranging from how often you use the QACC to the types of programs you’re interested in, and even what days and time would be most convenient for you.

You can take the survey online or drop by QACC to fill out a print version.

Queen Anne Heart is looking to transform the QACC into a “neighborhood hub” for residents. While there are many Queen Anne neighbors who use the QACC, there are also many who don’t – and getting feedback will help make QACC relevant to the community at large.

Take the survey today, it only takes a few minutes of your time!

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Project HeronWatch needs your input

August 27th, 2013 by Laura

Did you know that Seattle’s largest colony of Great Blue Herons nests just one neighborhood away? Six months a year, the colony makes its home near Discovery Park. The nests are well hidden, so it’s often hard to spot them. However, the Heron Habitat Helpers is looking to change that and make the birds more visible to the public.

Project Heron WatchVia Project HeronWatch, the group is considering installing two remote viewing stations in the visitor centers at Discovery Park and at the Ballard Locks, where visitors can view the herons nesting and raising their chicks. The group is asking Ballard, Magnolia, and Queen Anne neighbors for input on these proposed stations.

You can take the survey today through September 15th. The Heron Habitat Helpers is trying to spread the word, so pass along the survey link to other individuals, groups, and organizations that may have an interest in these birds.

And, a bit of trivia for those who may not know… the Great Blue Heron is the official Seattle city bird. So, help them out and take the survey today!

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Share Your Thoughts on Transportation Funding & Investment Priorities

December 11th, 2012 by Laura

To better understand what residents want and how to prioritize the needs of the public against available funds, the Washington State Transportation Commission has launched a statewide survey seeking your opinion. You can sign up to take the survey online, and help guide future investments in our transportation system.

Typical questions include how much (if any) you feel is fair to pay per month in increases for transportation taxes and fees, transportation categories you think the state should invest in (e.g. new lanes, increasing bridge capacity, increasing transit service, bike and sidewalk improvements), and how investment increases should be funded (e.g. gas tax, vehicle excise tax, vehicle license fees, hybrid vehicle fees).

Once you’ve signed up for the survey via joining Voice of Washington State (VOWS), you’ll receive an email invitation for the survey. The final results will be reported to the governor and Legislature at the start of the 2013 session, and will help guide key decisions. The survey runs through Monday, December 17th, so act now!

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SDOT wants your opinion on Seattle’s paid parking

August 10th, 2011 by Thea

After adjusting the city’s paid parking rates neighborhood by neighborhood across town (and decreasing rates in Uptown), the Seattle Department of Transportation wants to hear what you have to say about the city’s on-street paid parking system. SDOT is conducting an online survey about paid parking, as part of a project to make paid parking more available downtown and in certain neighborhoods.

You can find the survey here (I just did it, and it took less than 10 minutes).

By the way, SDOT has a parking map that lists every paid, permit, carpool, time limited, no parking and unrestricted zone, as well as parking garages and lots. You can zoom in by address, intersection, major landmark, or neighborhood.

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Survey: Give your input to Seattle Public Schools

May 25th, 2011 by Cory Bergman

Seattle Public Schools is asking for community-input on their Strategic Plan. They have put together a 21-question survey which will close next Tuesday, May 31. “As we are in the mid-point of our 5-year Strategic Plan, Excellence for All, it is a good time to look at our progress and evaluate whether any adjustments are needed going forward,” the top of the survey states. All responses will remain confidential and anonymous. You can take the survey here.

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Tell the mayor and police just how safe you feel

April 11th, 2011 by Mike

The Seattle Mayor’s office

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and the University of Washington reached out again last week to ask neighborhood residents to participate in a

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new neighborhood survey on crime, put together by grad students at the prestigious Evans School of Public Affairs at the university.

The online survey “will help determine residents’ primary public safety concerns in their own neighborhoods and on public transportation.”

With this survey, the City hopes to have a snapshot of perceptions of the police and public safety at a neighborhood-by-neighborhood level. The survey also gives residents an opportunity to anonymously offer viagra buy their opinions on the police and public safety in Seattle — a new option for this kind of survey.

The new survey asks residents their opinion of public safety conditions in Seattle’s urban villages, if there are any urban villages they avoid, and why.

You’ll have choices like these on crime:

  • Very serious problem
  • Serious problem
  • Minor problem
  • Not a problem

Question No. 9 asks you to name the most serious crime problems in your neighborhood. There’s a list of 20 choices – including “no crime” and “other.” You get to pick no more than five.

There are 47 questions – possibly more if you ride transit often – including ones dealing with police harassment and effectiveness. You can take the survey- it takes about a quarter-hour – here. The Evans School will release the results to the mayor’s Youth and Family Initiative in May.

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Survey: Tell the mayor and police how safe you feel

March 24th, 2011 by Marina Gordon

This afternoon Mayor Mike McGinn’s office announced a new neighborhood survey on crime, put together by grad students at the prestigious Evans School of Public Affairs at the University of Washington.

The online survey “will help determine residents’ primary public safety concerns in their own neighborhoods and on public transportation.”

With this survey, the City hopes to have a snapshot of perceptions of the police and public safety at a neighborhood-by-neighborhood level. The survey also gives residents an opportunity to anonymously offer their opinions on the police and public safety in Seattle — a new option for this kind of survey.

The new survey asks residents their opinion of public safety conditions in Seattle’s urban villages, if there are any urban villages they avoid, and why.

At all events, you’ll have choices like these on crime:

  • Very serious problem
  • Serious problem
  • Minor problem
  • Not a problem

Question No. 9 asks you to name the most serious crime problems in your neighborhood. There’s a list of 20 choices – including “no crime” and “other.” You get to pick no more than five.

There are 47 questions – possibly more if you ride transit often – including ones dealing with police harassment and effectiveness. You can take the 10-minute survey here. The Evans School will release the results to the mayor’s Youth and Family Initiative in May.

Do you have public safety concerns specific to Queen Anne? In addition to sharing your thoughts on the survey, please leave a comment here.

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Survey: Aging & Disability Services seeks community input for new plan

March 24th, 2011 by Doree

King County’s Aging and Disability Services (ADS) wants community input for its new Area Plan on Aging, which will guide its work from 2012-2015.

ADS is a division of the Seattle Human Services Department, and works with King County and United Way to improve the health and quality of life for seniors and adults with disabilities, connect them with resources, and provide support to caregivers.

ADS wants residents of any age to complete an online questionnaire.

We especially encourage people who are age 60 or older, adults with disabilities, and family caregivers to respond.

Responses from this questionnaire will inform development of strategies to promote quality of life, independence and choice for older people and adults with disabilities, which will be carried out over the next four years.

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For more information about the Area Plan on Aging, contact ADS planner Karen Winston at 206-684-0706.

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Seattle Public Schools survey on kindergarten costs

February 15th, 2011 by Cory Bergman

Right now parents who have children in full-day kindergarten are charged $207 each month of the school year. With an estimated $35 million budget gap for next year, Seattle Public Schools wants to know what you think about raising that rate to $310.

Although SPS will continue to accept survey responses through Friday, those filled out by Wednesday at 3 p.m. will be reviewed by the School Board during their work session that evening.

From SPS:

The state of Washington funds only half-day kindergarten (there are a few exceptions to this for high poverty schools). For many years our district has added funding for a further half day to ensure there would be one full day kindergarten available in every school. Over the years schools added “pay for K” programs as more and more families wanted full day K for their children. For the 2010-11 school year, we implemented a standard $207 per month Pay for K program across the district. Students who qualify for free or reduced-price lunch receive tuition waivers.

With the severe budget crisis, we are considering various options to balance the budget and one is related to Kindergarten services. We want your feedback about these options. Thank you.

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How happy are you? Sustainable Seattle kicks off local happiness initiative, asks community for input

January 18th, 2011 by Thea

How happy are Seattle-ites? Is personal happiness something that can even be measured?

Local non-profit Sustainable Seattle says yes. And they intend to do so.

In order to measure the regional sustainability of the Pacific Northwest, Sustainable Seattle, in partnership with Take Back Your Time and the Compassionate Action Network, has launched the Seattle Area Happiness Initiative (SAHI).

One of the major roles of the initiative is to measure the happiness of Seattle’s residents using something called the Gross National Happiness Index (GNH), a model developed in Bhutan, and now employed in Brazil and Canada. The GNH is measured using surveys and objective indicators. Sustainable Seattle is asking community members to help the organization gather data by participating in an online survey that will attempt to measure happiness using the nine domains of happiness determined by researches worldwide and used in the index—psychological well-being, health, time balance, community vitality, education, cultural vitality, environmental quality, governance and material well-being.

“You get what you measure,” Seattle City Councilmember Mike O’Brien said in a statement released yesterday. “For too long we’ve measured the wrong things—Gross Domestic Product doesn’t tell us whether we have a good quality of life or a sustainable society.  This survey, which includes nine domains of well-being, not just income, is a good way to start measuring the important things we care about, so we can actually achieve them.”

“We’re thrilled to take the lead in this exciting project,” Sustainable Seattle’s Executive Director Laura Musikanski said in a statement. “This year, we celebrate the 20th anniversary of our regional indicator work, which from the beginning was a model for the entire world. By adding subjective indicators of well-being to the many important objective indicators we have identified over the years, we can provide a truly powerful look at how well we are doing in all areas of life. We hope the survey leads to positive action for greater happiness, social justice, and both economic and environmental health.”

All participants who complete the survey will receive an instant well-being score for each of the nine domains, and will be able to compare results with other who have taken the survey. From the website:

You will find that the 135 questions in this survey will encourage you to think about your life in new ways and about what you can do to be happier.

The survey takes an estimated 20 to 30 minutes to complete, and it cannot be stopped and started over later, so participants are advised to take the survey when they have the time to finish it all the way through.

“It takes a while to complete because it’s comprehensive,” John de Graaf, executive eirector of Take Back Your Time said. “But you’ll find it’s worth the time because it really makes you think about your life and how to improve it. It’s part of an exciting new effort to add quality of life and sustainability to our assessments of progress. It’s being used in many countries now, but this is the first opportunity for Americans to take the survey. The results will be useful to individuals, organizations and policy makers who want to base their efforts to increase well-being on solid science and comprehensive information.”

As for privacy, Sustainable Seattle says no personal data will be released publicly.

Overall data from this survey will be analyzed and provided to media but your individual data will not be revealed to others. We ask for demographic data so we can analyze overall results, but we do not ask for your name, address, etc. Your privacy will be protected.

We follow the Data Protection Directive 95/46/EC (European Union): Personal data collected for this survey is used only for the purposes of the project and as a part of an aggregate. All data is kept secure and individual responses are not shared.

Want to hear more about the project? Take Back Your Time’s John de Graaf was on KUOW’s Conversation with Ross Reynolds on Friday. Listen to that story here.

Read more on the SAHI project here. Read the organization’s blog here. Take the survey here.

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Non-profit seeks your input on Seattle.gov

August 18th, 2010 by Athima Chansanchai

If you’re one of our readers, chances are you’re fairly adept at getting around the Internet, and have at least probably dabbled in finding information through government web sites, especially Seattle.gov.

Knowledge as Power (KAP), a non-profit based in Seattle with a primary objective to empower politically engaged citizens, is running a Usability Study on Seattle.gov that wants to see how easy (or hard) that site is for people to navigate and to find the information they need/want. And they’ll give you $20 in Tippr credit.

KAP founder and executive director Sarah Schacht explains on her blog:

When I was approached by the Mayor’s office in March for ideas on open gov work that could be implemented across Seattle’s services, the first thing I pointed out was that our city, like many others, doesn’t really know what residents want from their government in terms of openness and online services. It would be important to do a usability study, and use the results to guide future redesigns’ prioritization. Problem was, there’s no money for that kind of work, especially in governments that are slashing staff and announcing doomsday budgets. So, I put my bargain-hunting to work, again, to help fuel the usability study.

So for less than $250 in KAP funds, this study will give Seattle’s Department of Information Technology (DoIT) and Mayor McGinn’s office a roadmap for improving Seattle.gov, based on the feedback of about 50 Seattle residents who will sit down for an hour (if you’re chosen after doing a short online survey). Let KAP tell you more:

Essentially we are looking for participants like you to sit in a room and let us takes notes as you browse for information on Seattle.gov. It’s as easy as that, and in return we will give you $20 in Tippr credit. (Tippr.com is a local Seattle company similar to Groupon, LivingSocial, etc. Your $20 credit gets you $40-$60 worth of Seattle goods.)

Right now we are looking for two specific groups of people:

1) People who use or have used Seattle.gov for a business purpose (e.g. perhaps you’re a startup and you have to use the website to find and apply for permits) and

2) Ordinary Citzens! We’re looking for people of every level computer competency to come in and test the website.

Come help your city — or at least its web site — work better. Fill out the short application page here.

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City Council hearing on Nickerson set for Tuesday

June 4th, 2010 by Gladys

The proposed changes to Nickerson Street will be on the agenda when the Seattle City Council Transportation Committee meets on Tuesday (6/8) at 9:30a.m. in council chambers.  Expect both sides in what has become a passionate debate to make their voices heard at the hearing.

The Magnolia Community Club, and the Queen Anne Community Council have come out against the so called Nickerson Street diet which would reduce the number of car lanes and add bicycle lanes.

The Cascade Bicycle Club favors the plan and is urging members to attend the hearing. The group also started a ‘Tums for Tom’ campaign, encouraging people to send Tums antacid to Seattle Council Transportation Chair Tom Rasmussen after he questioned the Nickerson plan and the headline in the Seattle Times said Nickerson “road diet” gives Councilman Rasmussen indigestion.

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The MagnoliaVoice/QueenAnneView survey on the Nickerson Street plan is cheap viagra canada still open and we will report results on Monday morning.  So far over 600 people have already taken the survey.  We also plan to share the survey with the Transportation Committee at the hearing.  Click here to take the survey and tell us what you think.

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